Jesus Christ Superstar [A Decca Broadway Original Cast]

Jesus Christ Superstar [A Decca Broadway Original Cast]

by Original London CastOriginal Broadway Cast


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Writers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice set several precedents with this album. First, it is a pre-stage studio version, and it topped the US charts upon release. Second, it is the first show to successfully put rock music in a theatrical context (Hair is really a pop/show-music pastiche, not rock). Third, it is a "sung-through" musical without spoken dialog, technically an operetta. Fourth, though musicals had turned more serious at this point, writing a show about Jesus Christ from the point of view of Judas was about as daring as you could get. It succeeds in all ways. In addition to the title song (a #14 hit sung by Murray Head), it includes "I Don't Know How to Love Him" by Yvonne Elliman.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2003
Label: Decca U.S.
UPC: 0044006773421
catalogNumber: 067734
Rank: 32563

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist
Yvonne Elliman   Vocals,cast
Ted Neeley   Choir, Chorus
Jane Powell   Choir, Chorus
Robert "Bootsie" Barnes   Choir, Chorus
Steve Bell   Vocals
Bob Bingham   Vocals,cast
Kay Cole   Choir, Chorus
Dennis Cooley   Choir, Chorus
Charlotte Crossley   Choir, Chorus
Jeff Fenholt   Vocals,cast
Nathan Morris   Choir, Chorus
Cecilia Norfleet   Choir, Chorus
Ben Vereen   Vocals,cast
Billy Windsor   Choir, Chorus
Samuel E. Wright   Choir, Chorus,cast
Marc Pressel   Conductor
Barry Dennen   Vocals,cast
Bonnie Schon   Choir, Chorus
Kurt Yaghjian   Choir, Chorus
Angelita Rios   Choir, Chorus
Paul Ainsley   Vocals,cast
Laura Michaels   Choir, Chorus
Dennis Buckley   Choir, Chorus
Anita Morris   Choir, Chorus
Pi Douglass   Choir, Chorus
Tonya Gardner   Choir, Chorus
Paul Sylvan   Choir, Chorus
Michael Meadows   Vocals
Jesus Christ Superstar Cast Ensemble   cast

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Orchestration
Elvin Campbell   Remixing
Frank Laico   Engineer
Tim Rice   Lyricist
Marc Pressel   Music Direction
Peter Filichia   Liner Notes
Brian Drutman   Producer,Reissue Producer

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Jesus Christ Superstar [A Decca Broadway Original Cast] 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first exposure to JCS back in the early 70s, when this album appeared. I wish the entire show was included, but it isn't. The performances were all strong, especially Barry Dennen as Pilate. His performance is exceptional, better than on the original release and the mmovie soundtrack. Yvonne Elliman is lovely as always, with a great performance as Mary M...Jeff Fenholt's Jesus Christ is great; probably not as strong a performance as Ian Gillan in the original record, but much much better than the movie's Jesus, Ted Neely. Funny, because Ted is in the chorus on this Broadway release. Fenholt does an amazing job on 'Gethsemane'. All in all, a good recording from an able cast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK. They're missing some of the best songs from JCSS! Also, the music isn't good at all. I've heard much, much better versions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. This is not very good. I know they can do better. I love Jesus Christ Superstar, but this one just wasn't very good at all. A few of these people did a nice job, but I wouldn't reccomend this CD to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it the first time around> I can't wait to replace my worn out record album with this CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was ok, but I don't enjoy listening to it. Some of the songs like King Herod's Song where extremely wierd. Also, when the music was supposed to be intense, it was more dainty and happy with flutes and stuff. I was dissapointed with this CD. The play was so good, and they made it look awful!